Established in 2001, the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) consists of 17 farmer-directors who are elected and charged with overseeing the investment of state corn checkoff funds.
ICMC directors are responsible for ensuring that those funds are used in programs that can strengthen Indiana’s corn industry.
To advance its vision for Indiana agriculture, ICMC has developed a strategic plan and road map focused around priority areas needed to grow the Indiana corn industry. Activities revolve around market development, production research and farmer services in the following areas:
- Grain Handling and Processing
- New Uses
- INField Advantage (formerly On-Farm Network)
- Production Research
- Risk Management
How the Corn Checkoff Works
The corn checkoff program is designed to allow Indiana corn farmers to join together to invest in programs that ultimately enhance the value of corn for all those producing the crop in our state.
The Indiana corn checkoff, administered by Indiana Corn Marketing Council, was first established in 2001. In July 2007, following a vote by the Indiana General Assembly, a new corn checkoff program went into effect to manage funds collected at the first point of sale. Updates to the corn checkoff law were made by the Indiana General Assembly in 2012.
In compliance with Indiana law, a checkoff assessment of ½-cent ($0.005) shall be collected on each bushel of corn marketed in the state of Indiana.
The checkoff requirements do not apply to popcorn, seed corn or sweet corn. There is a right to refund within the law for those who choose not to support the corn checkoff program. To refund, a farmer must fill out the refund form and return to Indiana Corn Marketing Council.
Indiana Corn Marketing Council works with the National Corn Growers Association to meet demand, develop new uses for corn products, expand export markets and develop national policy.
Indiana Corn Marketing Council works to enhance the value of corn for Indiana corn farmers.
Indiana Corn Marketing Council will be a catalyst for innovation and leadership for the Indiana grain industry.